I began lifting when I was 12 simply because I was small and, while I couldn’t increase my height, I could make myself a bit wider. Like a lot of people, I started with basic bodybuilding style workouts 5 days a week, focusing on a different muscle group every day. I trained like this for awhile with the eventual goal of competing as a bodybuilder. At around 190lbs, I started to notice how slow I was moving and began to shy away from bulking up routines.  I began to seek out other methods of training. I wanted to be more mobile, stronger, and faster. It wasn’t until I moved to Denver that I found, with a shove from my sister, an unaffiliated gym that had several awesome CrossFit coaches.  After doing their style of unstructured CrossFit, one of the coaches invited me to York Street CrossFit Denver, where I started CrossFitting and was immediately addicted. I trained with a coach and soon after attained my level 1 cert.  CrossFit has changed my life and helped me grow as a person and as an athlete. Coaching in Denver was amazing and I’m so grateful that Karen and Shawn have made me feel so welcome and given me the opportunity to coach again.

Coach Sam

Training Certifications and Education: 
 CrossFit Level 1 
 CrossFit Level 2 
 CrossFit Olympic Lifting 
 CrossFit Gymnastics 
USAW Level 1 Sport Performance Coach

Continuing Education Hours 
 USAW Olympic Weightlifting – with Dave DeLong – 6hrs 
 Awaken Gymnastics – 5 hours 
 Snatch Olympic Weightlifting Clinic – with Melanie Roach a 2008 Olympian, national competitor and certified level 1 USA Weightlifting coach – 2hrs 
 CPR Certified